Dr. Gillian Hutcheon
Reader in Biomaterials, Postgraduate Research Admissions and Progression Tutor
|Name||Gillian Hutcheon, BSc. (Hons), PhD, CChem., FRSC,|
|Telephone||+44 (0)151 231 2130|
James Parsons Building
Liverpool John Moores University
I obtained my B.Sc. (Hons) Forensic and Analytical Chemistry (2:1) in 1993 and my Ph.D. (Fundamental studies of protein hydration and solvation in organic media) in 1996 from the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. In 1997 I was awarded chartered chemist status and in 2009 I became a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. I carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Strathclyde, then at the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Nottingham from 1997 to 1999 prior to taking up the post of lecturer in Organic Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy and Chemistry, LJMU. In 2009 I was appointed to my current post as Reader in Biomaterials in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, LJMU.
I am a research active member of staff and manage my own research group within the wider Drug Delivery and Materials Science research group of which I am the lead. My current research interests include: enzyme catalyzed synthesis of functionalized biodegradable polymers for nanoparticle drug delivery and the incorporation of drugs and proteins into micro and nanoparticle formulations particularly for pulmonary delivery. Specific examples of projects include microparticles for ibuprofen delivery, the delivery of mucinolytic enzymes. Vaccine delivery and collaborative projects for the application nanoparticles for the delivery of anti-cancer drugs via the blood-brain barrier. I am also interested in the use of enzymes in non-conventional media and studying the effect of reaction and formulation conditions on enzyme activity, conformation and stability. The investigation of clays for antimicrobial and modified release therapeutics is a further avenue of research.
I am a Postgraduate Admissions and Progressions Tutor within the school and also a co-lead for the Medical Sciences and Therapeutics network within the LJMU Institute of Health Research
I teach general organic chemistry and bio-organic chemistry across all years from foundation to final year including lectures, workshops and practical classess. I am module leader for the final year ACAPS project and research methods module.
I collaborate with colleagues from several UK and international Universities; University of Nottingham, Robert Gordons University, Assuit University, Egypt. Industrialm collaborators include Rockwood Additives.